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Lord Shiva is one of the chief gods in the Hindu
pantheon. The day previous to the new moon is observed as Shivarathri
and considered auspicious for worship of Lord Shiva. But the Shivarathri
in the Magha month of the Hindu calendar is celebrated as Maha
Shivarathri and people throng temples and observe night long vigil
singing Bhajans, chanting hymns and performing worship to Lord Shiva. At
Prasanthi Nilayam, this festival assumes more significance in the
physical presence of the very embodiment of Shiva-Shakti Swaroopa,
Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba.
On the occasion of Mahashivarathri, Bhagawan
felicitated five long-standing devotees for their invaluable
contribution and dedicated service in Bhagawan’s institutions and
service projects, and gifted them each with a new car. The fortunate
ones were –
Sri A.Ramakrishna, Former Vice-President of L&T,
ECC Division. During his tenure, the reputed construction company executed a
number of projects on behalf of Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust, most
significantly, the water supply projects in the drought prone
districts of Anantapur, Medak and Mahabubnagar in Andhra Pradesh and
the metropolitan city of Chennai, Tamil Nadu, as well as the two Super
Sri R.Kondala Rao, Technical consultant to the Government
of Andhra Pradesh, for the water supply projects undertaken by
Sri K.Chakravarthi, IAS (Retd.) who was the first
Registrar of Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, and is
presently the Secretary of Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust.
Prof. G.Venkataraman, a renowned scientist and
former Vice-Chancellor of Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning.
Presently, he is the Vice-Chairman of the overseas wing of Sri Sathya
Sai Organisation, and also the in-charge of Radio Sai Global Harmony,
the ashram radio service.
Sri K.R.Paramahamsa, IAS (Retd.), who has held
various positions in Bhagawan’s institutions and who is presently in
charge of the ‘Deena Janoddharana Pathakamu’, the home for destitute
children established by Bhagawan.
On 26th morning, after the felicitation ceremony,
the students of Bhagawan's educational institutions sang stotrams
(hymns) and songs in praise of their Lord Sai Shiva. The morning
programme concluded with Arati.
In the evening, after granting Darshan at 4 p.m.,
Bhagawan distributed white safari suiting material and calculators to
all the students. Following this, Bhagawan went back to Poornachandra
and returned at 5.15 p.m. Once Bhagawan was seated on the dais, He
commanded the students to start Bhajans. However, after a few minutes,
Bhagawan indicated the Bhajans to stop and permitted Sri A.V.S.Raju to
read out a selection from his anthology of poems composed on Bhagawan.
At 6.30 p.m., Bhagawan rose to give His Divine Discourse.
Bhagawan started His discourse with a poem that
described the omnipresence of God and irony inherent in the various
modes of worship offered to Him. Bhagawan said that while the whole
Universe is in God, how can one build a temple for Him? What name can
one give to Him who resides in all beings? What need is there to perform
Abhishekam (ceremonial bath) to Him when all the oceans find refuge in
Him? The entire universe is a manifestation of the five elements which
in turn have originated from the Divine. While these elements are
subject to change and destruction, God alone is immutable and eternal.
One must realize that everyone is divine and should not be deluded by
bodily attachment to one’s spouse, children and even one’s enemies. One
should respect them as embodiments of the Divine. Bhagawan concluded His
discourse with the Bhajan – “Prema Muditha Man Se Kaho…” and soon
retired to His residence.
The Akhanda Bhajans continued through the night and
the next morning, Bhagawan arrived in Sai Kulwant Hall at 6.20 a.m.
After going around the hall granting Darshan to everyone, He took His
seat on the dais. Around 6.45 a.m .or so, one could sense that something
was in the offing as Bhagawan was showing signs of physical pain and
restlessness – indications that there may be ‘Lingodbhavam’. The pace of
the Bhajans kept increasing every minute in anticipation, but it was not
until 8.25 a.m. that a beautiful golden lingam emerged from Bhagawan’s
mouth. Then out of immense love and compassion, He moved amidst devotees
holding the lingam so that everyone could have a close glimpse of it.
Bhagawan presented Sri
K.R.Paramahamsa and his wife with the keys of a brand new car. Bhagawan sent word for the
boys who are the beneficiaries of the Deena Janodharana Pathakamu; all
60 of them at once surrounded Bhagawan and what took place in the next
25 minutes was an outpouring of love that brought tears to everyone’s
eyes. Bhagawan spoke to them and assured them that He would take care of
all of them and they should study well and lead happy, spiritual and
healthy lives. They in turn replied that they
were no longer
orphans or destitute children for Bhagawan was looking after them and
showering so much love on them. Some of them spoke, chanted Vedic hymns
and sang songs expressing their love and gratitude to Bhagawan. Bhagawan
also praised Sri K.R.Paramahamsa and his wife Smt. Gita Paramahamsa for
their dedication in looking after their every need and bringing them up
The Shivarathri Celebrations concluded with Mangala
Arati and everyone was served Prasadam.
Images from Maha
Shivaratri 2006-27th Feb. including Photos of materialization of a
Lingobhavam 27th Feb:
darshan news of 27th from SBOI member:
continued drinking water….. 1 glass.. 2 glass..4.. 5… Now His body
started to look bit uncomfortable.. All of us assembled there
thought “Oh No… Swamy.. Not again… Please help your self”Sometimes
He raised slightly from the chair… and sat… He bent His head… By now
all the fans were pointed to Swamy… His hair dancing… reminding the
Cosmic dance of Shiva…. Swamy called a professor and said something…
He ran back to the bhajan singers… suddenly the bhajan stopped… and
OM NAMAH SHIVAYA.. mantra was chanted. All of us joined them… The
atmosphere in the Kulwanth hall was raising pressures… All of us
were sweating as If the Lingam were coming from our stomach….. We
could see the pain to Swamy’s body…..
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